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[JHON W. STALEY]

ELA / LITERACY | COURSES
[IMPROVING READING FOR OLDER STUDENTS]

In this self-paced course, we will work on how to improve literacy outcomes for older students who are reading below grade level. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to learn the research behind literacy accelerators that can propel reading progress, consider how to support students in rebuilding their academic confidence, and gain practical skills for how to implement these ideas to support students in regular classroom settings.

MODULE 1

[Laying the Foundation]
By the end of the module, you will:
  • Understand the elements of the reading accelerators
  • Gain a visceral understanding of what it feels like to be a dysfluent reader
  • Understand the sources of reading difficulties and how they impact older students

MODULE 2

[Word Recognition and Fluency]
By the end of the module, you will:
  • Understand how the different parts of early reading fit impact one another
  • See how supports for not-yet-mastered early reading skills can be integrated into regular classroom instruction
  • See modeling and practice these new acceleration skills in a low stakes way before you try them with students

MODULE 3

[Growing Vocabulary and Growing Knowledge]
By the end of the module, you will:
  • Get a sense of how tightly linked growing vocabulary and increasing knowledge are
  • Understand the two primary ways to grow both and what each contributes to accelerating literacy
  • Have concrete models for accelerating growth in both areas in your work with students

MODULE 4

[The Rest of Reading Comprehension]
By the end of the module, you will:
  • Learn what “standard of coherence” is and its importance for reading success
  • Understand how to develop a standard of coherence in your students
  • Learn how to scaffold access to complex text for all your students through close reading
  • Understand the potency of close reading for building student confidence and success

Additional Information About the Course

Course Dates: October 30-December 10, 2023
Primary Audience: 4-12 ELA/Literacy teachers and anyone who supports their work

Registration: Registration for Improving Reading for Older Students has closed. This course will be open again in the spring. Sign up to receive emails when upcoming course information is available.

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